Statement from Mary Alice Carter, Interim Vice President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
“It’s clear that the vast majority of Americans do not want, and will not stand to see, reproductive health and rights attacked. We saw that when millions marched around the world for the women’s march, and we’re seeing that now, with hundreds of events cropping up across the country in support of Planned Parenthood health centers and the care they provide to 2.5 million patients each year. These are being driven on the local level, by energized activists who know the critical services we provide in their communities.
“We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of love and support we’ve been seeing all across the country. Our first priority is always to serve our patients, and ensure they can get the high-quality, often life-saving care that Planned Parenthood health centers provide. To that end, we do ask anyone wishing to show support for Planned Parenthood and our work not to rally outside of a health center, unless you are directed to by the local health center or affiliate staff. These rallies can often be intimidating, and can inadvertently prevent patients from getting the care they need. Instead we encourage supporters to attend events away from health centers, become a patient escort, or rally outside their elected officials offices.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America media office: 212-261-4433
February 11, 2017